Is this the end of the road for medicine regulators?
The 16 recommendations made by the jury in the Sara Carlin inquest were made public on the 28th June via the Oakville Beaver.
I'd previously wrote about a couple of the recommendations here and here after a copy of the verdict was passed on to me hours after the decision.
Today, I want to look at the final recommendation on the list. A recommendation that obviously came about as a result of the tentative jury listening to the evidence of Oakville MP, Terence Young.
Recommendation number 16 reads as thus:
There should be an arms length body independent from Health Canada called the Drug Safety Board, which is solely dedicated to drug safety, which reports to Parliament, which is funded by the Federal Government and which receives no money from drug companies. Amongst its mandated responsibilities should be drug safety research, investigating adverse reactions and issuing warnings to the public and health care professionals and hospitals.
If this particular recommendation is implemented then I see it as a major achievement and one that will go a long way into the way drugs are monitored without bias.
I am assuming that, if implemented, it would face fierce opposition from pharmaceutical companies as their money would no longer be influential. There would be no 'ifs' or 'buts' - if a drug was causing problems there would be no pussy-footing around - it would be reported to the public promptly and directly.
This is further evidence that the jury in the Sara Carlin inquest saw through Glaxo and friends ad preferred the evidence given that actually gave Sara Carlin a voice, a voice that the opposition tried so hard to suppress.
The ramifications of implementing recommendation number 16 could just possibly shake drug regulators to the core. If implemented in Canada, I see no reason why it could not go global.
Maybe then, the MHRA, FDA, TGA and Health Canada could concentrate solely on busting small piracy firms who churn out fake medicines that lose their paymasters millions of pounds each year - a practise that seems to take high priority over people dying from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
I was hoping to speak with Terence about his proposal for a new Drug Safety Board, sadly Terence is away on business in the USA.
I'll be interviewing Sara's father, Neil, soon. He has much to say.
Ed Silverman over at Pharmalot has now picked up on Sara's inquest.
You can read more about the Sara Carlin Vs Glaxo & Friends Inquest at the following links:
Sara Carlin Inquest – Latest
Sara Carlin Inquest – Failure of Oakville Medical Profession
Sara Carlin – ‘Death by Paxil’ Inquest – The ‘Expert’
Sara Carlin Inquest – Coroner’s Witness In U-Turn… And That Man Shaffer!
SARA CARLIN Ontario, Canada
Coroner’s Inquest – Glaxo & Friends Vs The Carlin Family
Sara Carlin Inquest – Local MP Slams GlaxoSmithKline
SARA CARLIN PAXIL INQUEST VIDEO FOOTAGE
SARA CARLIN PAXIL INQUEST GLOBAL TV NEWS
SARA CARLIN INQUEST - What The Jury Should Know
Sara Carlin Inquest - "Paxil likely played important role in teen's suicide"
Sara Carlin Inquest - The Eli Lilly 'Links' & Today's Recommendations.
**Exclusive - Sara Carlin Inquest: The Bias Of Coroner's Counsel, Michael Blain & Coroner, Bert Lauwers?
Sara Carlin Inquest - We Know How, Now Tell us Why!
**Exclusive - Sara Carlin Inquest - Jury Returns With Recommendations.
Sara Carlin Inquest - The Influence of Terence Young
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